DEA cracks down on fake marijuana
HOUSTON -- Federal authorities are using emergency measures to crack down on the ‘fake marijuana’ substance known as K-2.
K2, sold under names like K2 Summit, K2 Ultra, and K2 Blonde, is a product marketed as incense with a list of herbal ingredients and synthetic extracts including canavalia rosea and clematis vitalba. But those ingredients have been sprayed or soaked with a synthetic compound chemically similar to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
K2’s mix of compounds has been banned in most of Europe, but is not regulated by federal law in the United States.
Eleven states, (Alabama, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, and Tennessee) have moved to ban the sale, distribution, and possession of K2 and its compounds.
Twelve other states, including Texas, are either considering legislation, or have individual municipalities which have installed bans of their own. The Alvin police chief introduced a proposed ban on K2 at last week’s city council meeting. Santa Fe in Galveston County put a similar ban in place last month.
Now the DEA is using its authority to temporarily control five of the chemicals used to make
Selling or possessing those chemicals will be illegal for at least one year while authorities decide if permanent control is necessary.
More raids in Las Vegas today = (
LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas Metro police on Wednesday identified six people arrested during a raid at a medical marijuana facility suspected of illegally selling the drug and pot-laced products.
Daniel Kinshella, 50, Sean Kinshella, 29, Christine Kinshella, 24, Kimberly Simons, 26, Jesse Moffett, 33, and Ryan Bondhus, 27, were arrested at the Jolly Green Meds location at Sahara Avenue and Buffalo Drive.
Police said they seized large amounts of marijuana, hash oil and cash during the raid.
The business, which advertises on websites such as Weedmaps.com, offers a variety of medical marijuana and services such as delivery and “express lane” pickup.
Tuesday’s raid was the latest in a number of high-profile crackdowns on medical marijuana facilities in southern Nevada.
65 Pounds of Pot, Gift Wrapped With Bows, Seized
A Portland, Oregon, woman must have had someone special in mind when she gift-wrapped two giant bundles of marijuana and decided to drive across the country with them.
The Daily Nonpareil newspaper of Council Bluffs said Robin Cheryl Klein, 51, was pulled over in a 2010 Dodge Charger around 2 p.m. on Monday during a routine traffic stop.
The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office told the paper that, after an initial interaction with Klein, a drug dog led deputies to the trunk of the car, where they eventually found the two large cardboard boxes full of marijuana, gift wrapped and covered with bows.
Deputies also found $5,598 in cash in the car.
Klein was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, and other related crimes.
She was released on bond on Monday, the Associated Press reports.
No attorney for Klein was listed in online court records and a telephone listing for Klein in Portland has been disconnected, the AP reports.
Man Charged With Feeding Grow-Op Bears
Just recently police arrested a man who was allegedly feeding black bears dog food to keep them around his area. It was unsure how many black bears were being fed until police actually arrived at the scene. It turns out that he had attracted around 26 black bears to the area. After doing some investigating it was then realised that the man was trying to keep the 26 black bears in the area to guard his illegal growth op. I guess that is truly the best security that you can have for your home growth ops.
After the man was arrested he was charged with feeding dangerous wildlife which is a crime punishable by 1 year imprisonment and or a 100,000 dollar fine. The Environment Agency are currently trying to rehabilitate the black bears into the wild life by restricting how much food they are given to by humans rather than putting them down as bears that have become dependent on humans for food are usually destroyed. The man is currently waiting for his day in court which is now scheduled for the 14th of December 2010 where he will face his charges.
12 Middle School Students Suspended For Pro-Marijuana Signs
MINDEN, Nev. — Douglas County School District officials are urging parents to talk to their children about appropriate ways to express themselves at school in the wake of a drug-related incident at Carson Valley Middle School.
“One thing parents can do is to have talks with their kids,” said Superintendent Lisa Noonan. “They are obviously entitled to their opinions, but they have to express them in appropriate ways, so they don't create a bigger disturbance for the school.”
On Tuesday, CVMS Principal Robert Been said approximately a dozen freshman were disciplined, ranging from one-day in-school suspension to three-day out-of-school suspension, for inappropriately expressing opinions on marijuana use.
Been said the campaign stemmed for an earlier incident last week when three students were suspended, and cited by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, for marijuana use off campus.
“A number of friends decided to be somewhat creative,” Been said.
He said pro-marijuana signs were posted on walls, ceilings, in and around garbage cans and soda machines. He said one slogan was “Arresting kids is not part of Tiger pride.”
“Essentially, the gist of it is that it was a disruption to the school environment and counter to what we are trying to do in an educational environment,” Been said.
Noonan concurred with the course of action taken by school administrators.
“The whole first amendment issue has certain restrictions when coming through that front door,” she said. “This is what I call a disruption of the learning environment. We want an orderly environment.”
Been said there was a similar infraction about two weeks ago, involving one of the same students. Otherwise, he said, the type of behavior is rare at CVMS.
“It was an isolated incident,” he said.
French Duck Farmer Feeds Birds Cannabis
A French duck farmer has been given a one month suspended jail sentence and has also been fined 500 euros for feeding his birds marijuana. He claims that feeding them marijuana rids them of worms and other unwanted pests. Police arrested Michel Rouyer from the village of Gripperie Saint Symphorien on the atlantic coast after they discovered 12 cannabis plants and around 11lbs of the drug after visiting the farm about a theft.
Michel Rouyer admitted smoking some of his crop himself but he did claim that most of the crop was given to his 150 ducks for medical purposes. Michel Rouyer quoted that “There is no better de worming substance for them and a specialists even advised me to do it.” Jean Piot, the farmer's lawyer, said “this is for real, not one duck has worms and they're all in excellent health.” A police spokesman said “It's the first time we've heard something like this.”
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